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Care Instructions for the Six-Inch Murti of Bhagavan Nityananda

This murti is made of the same kind of bronze as the Bhagavan Nityananda murtis in the Temples of Shree Muktananda Ashram and Gurudev Siddha Peeth.

The small Bade Baba murtis are protected with a coating of nontoxic wax, which allows the murti’s color to darken naturally and evenly over time.

The instructions below will help you to maintain the murti’s natural beauty for years to come.

  • Wear a pair of clean, dry cotton gloves or use a clean cotton cloth each time you handle, dust, or wash the murti. This will prevent the salts and oils from fingers and palms from leaving residues that create uneven stains on the murti’s surface over time. Use a gentle touch to help preserve the thin wax coating.
  • Do not wear rings, watches, or bracelets when cleaning the murti as the metal can scratch its surface. 
  • Dust the murti regularly with a soft brush or cloth. If you use a paint brush, the metal part should be wrapped in tape.
  • Wash the murti every year or two as needed, as follows:
    • Wash with a mixture of mild liquid soap diluted in distilled water. A soft cloth or sponge reaches most of the body, and a soft brush or cotton swab is good for details.
    • Minimize the amount of time that soap and water is in contact with the bronze by rinsing the murti promptly after washing and then drying it as soon as possible.
    • The final rinse should be with either distilled water or tap water that has been boiled and cooled.
    • Dry the murti thoroughly.
  • Each time the murti is washed with soap, it must be rewaxed.
    • The recommended wax for use on the murti is Renaissance Wax, which is a blend of food-grade waxes and is noncorrosive to bronze.
    • Rewaxing according to the following directions will avoid wax buildup:
      • With a brush or soft cloth, apply a single, thin, even coat of wax to the murti. The wax will dry almost immediately. Once it does, buff the murti with a soft, clean, dry cloth and/or a clean brush.
      • If you use brushes, be sure that a different brush is used for applying the wax than the one used for buffing.
    • Once the wax is applied, the solvent evaporates, leaving an inert coating of wax.